Many 'Hawks fans may be under the impression that the end of this long Six game road trip brings a sense of relief. With the "circus" trip over the Blackhawks took 7 of a possible 12 points on the journey.
Whatever relief has come with the nice Three day rest following the 5-2 loss suffered in the final game of the West coast swing against the L.A. Kings, will have to dissolve, and dissolve fast in order for the 'Hawks to get back on the right tack.
Captain Jonathan Toews says about the upcoming slate of 4 games, Three of which are at The United Center "We have to get some momentum back here." He is dead on and that is because the Three upcoming home games are the only 3 of the month of December for the 'Hawks.
The remaining 7 games in the final month of the 2008 calender year all are on the road, which despite winning the first Three of the trip, the 'Hawks have yet to prove their capable of accumulating much needed road victories. Victories and points on the road will likely be a vital decider in who is in and who is out of this years playoffs.
The Blackhawks December will feature Two road games against division rival, and defending Stanley Cup Champions Detroit. The team will also be traveling to: Colorado, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Minnesota.
These places have never been the most 'Hawk friendly places to play, however, what a better way for a young team to prove to the league and its fans that they are for real? Going out in hostile territory and taking care of business.
The potential problem that I see the 'Hawks running into is that the month of December is not an isolated tough month on the road. In fact the Blackhawks will play a total of 14 home games in the next 3 months, one of which is at Wrigley Field.
No team will ever admit looking ahead as much as 3 months, but as fans you have every right to be a tad bit skeptical when it comes to your 'Hawks prevailing away from the Windy City.
Joel Quenneville is in for a wild ride with these young 'Hawks over the next 3 months. A slight spotlight will be shining his way win or lose. The Blackhawks brought in Quenneville for one reason. To guide the youngsters through tough stretches, stretches like the one coming up.
There is a bright spot at the end of the proverbial tunnel. The month of March will have the 'Hawks at home the same amount of times as the previous 3 months combined. 14 games at home in March, depending on how well the team can overcome the adversity of the huge number of road games, could prove to be the advantage they need to push into the post season.
Despite all the road talk. The Chicago Blackhawks will resume their season at home tomorrow. They will take on the Ducks of Anaheim (14-9-3) who come into this game in 4th place in the Western Conference with 31 pts. The Blackhawks currently sit in the 7th spot with a record of (10-6-6) totaling 26 pts so far.
Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm at the United Center.